A couple of additions to the submission I made yesterday.
The USATF Road Race and Finish Line Manual offers the following recommendation re wave starts.
"most top 50-59 men and 40-49 women will be seeded in the first group. It id recommendrd that the first group also include ALL men over 60, women over 50 and all runners under 15 regardless or their estimated or projected time. These do not constitute a large fraction of the field and will insure that all award winners are in the first group."
If we replace 15yrs with 21yrs this years event would have given us 3 x U/21M, 11 X 50+F and 21 x 60+M, a total of 35 or approx 5% of the field.
This adjustment to the wave start would make the result collation much easier.
How do the 50+ Females and 60+ Males feel about surviving the steps in the first group?
In the USATF Rules of Competition the following are relevant to my previous submission.
"In any track event of 20,000 metres or more, or in any road race, a competitor may leave the road or track with the permission and under the control of a judge or other authorized official, providing that by going off or returning to the course the athlete does not lessen the distance to be covered."
I'm sure that this can be adapted to suit the event with the addition that the athlete can only re-enter the event before both sweepers.
"Every competitor must be provided with numbers, which must be conspicuously worn whan competing. The numbers are to be worn as issued (cutting and folding is not permitted). If one number is provided, it must be worn visibly on the front. If a singlet is not worn (see below) the number should be worn on the shorts. The front number MUST be visible at all check points and at the finish"
Explains itself.............doesn't it.
Re singlets their rule is: "In hot weather, an athlete competing in a long distance race may compete without a top or shirt" but it also states that "The clothing must be made of a material which is non transparent even if wet"
I can find no reference to the sex in these rules so I assume that it applies to both men and women which would make some of the American races very interesting. Also what's the point of a rule about the transparency of the clothing if all are allowed to go topless.